Nebraska Attorney General Bruning opts out of governor's race, plans re-election bid

Jon Bruning speaks at the Nebraska Republican Senate candidate's debate in Omaha on May 1, 2012. Bruning has opted against joining the state's gubernatorial race.

Attorney General Jon Bruning has decided against a run for the Governor’s Mansion and is instead making plans to run for re-election.

In an email to supporters Thursday, he said he was scheduling a reception on Sept. 10 in Lincoln to kick off his re-election bid for Nebraska attorney general.

Bruning made an unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate last year. He had been considered a possible candidate in the governor’s race, particularly after former State Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk decided not to run.

Gov. Dave Heineman was announced as a special guest at the Bruning kickoff event.

“Jon is excited to continue his work as attorney general,” stated the email, sent by campaign aide Rebecca Weber.

Also on Thursday, Omaha attorney Van Argyrakis announced his intention to run for attorney general on the Republican ticket. Argyrakis ran unsuccessfully for the attorney general’s post in 2010 and ran briefly for Omaha mayor in 2009 before dropping out.

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